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How do solids affect a baby's poop?

Eating & Nutrition   |   Age: 5 months


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How do solids affect a baby's poop?

As soon as your baby begins moving away from a steady diet of breastmilk or formula, her stools should become firmer. This is normal and no cause for concern, but to avoid constipation or pain when passing those stools, be sure that your baby eats plenty of fruit and vegetable-based foods. In fact, even certain plant-based foods, like applesauce or bananas, can cause or add to constipation, so introducing other foods in-between, instead of introducing both back-to-back could help your baby's bowels out.

Primary colors

Whether you’re an adult or an 8-month-old baby, certain foods can alter the color of your poop. Don’t be surprised if giving your baby a lunch of strained peas and a dinner with pureed carrots produces green and orange stools respectively.

Extra aroma

Solid foods contain a wider range of nutrients and enzymes than breast milk. And because your baby is still learning how to properly chew and digest these foods, eating them on a regular basis can produce gas and smelly stools. This should pass with time.

Accelerated evacuation

We all need some fiber in our diets to keep our bowels moving, but your baby’s first encounter with fiber-rich foods like beans and broccoli puree might lead to some speedier-than-normal outputs. As your baby keeps growing, her body will learn how to fully digest fiber. However, if your baby passes diarrhea after a feeding a few times, especially if she develops rashes, or has bloody stools, you may want to re-examine her last few meals to identify possible food allergies. If you suspect your baby might have a food allergy, it's important to check in with your healthcare provider, especially in the case of bloody stool.


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